Public is Invited to Greet Phil at 5:30 p.m.
State Capitol West Terrace
Sunday April 19, 2009

Central Iowans can meet the host of the hit series, The Amazing Race, on Sunday, April 19. This unique opportunity is open to the public. Greater Des Moines is one of 30 major stops on Phil’s first-ever, coast-to-coast, 3,500-mile ride across the nation.

Phil is expected to arrive at approximately 5:30 p.m. at the State Capitol West Terrace for a welcome celebration where the public can meet and greet him. Phil will also be available for autographs and photographs.

Television crews are filming Phil’s Ride Across America and will be capturing the Greater Des Moines celebration, giving the community a chance to showcase our extensive Greater Des Moines Recreational Trail System.

Phil’s ride is raising awareness and funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS) and healthy living, presented by GNC.

Central Iowa bike teams will join Phil as he enters the trail system at Redfield. Bikers will continue to join Phil as he rides through Adel, Waukee, Clive, Windsor Heights and to Des Moines’ Gray’s Lake, where he will be joined by Mayor Frank Cownie, MS Area Director Mark Davis and GNC Regional Sales Director Kyle Widerspan. The ride continues along the Meredith Trail, through downtown and ends at the State Capitol West Terrace. Trail map links for Central Iowa Trails are:

http://greaterdesmoinestrails.org/newtrails/images/Central_Iowa_Trail.htm
http://greaterdesmoinestrails.org/newtrails/images/downtown.htm
http://greaterdesmoinestrails.org/newtrails/images/map2_r1_c1.gif 

Please encourage the public to join us for this exciting event. Visit philridesacrossamerica.com for more information about the ride. Organizers for the local event include GNC Stores, City of Des Moines, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, KCCI News Channel 8, Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, Greater Des Moines Partnership, and the Downtown Community Alliance.

For more information contact Amelia Hamilton Morris, City of Des Moines Public Information at (515) 283-4795 or (515) 202-8337 and email at akmorris@dmgov.org. Additional contact - Shekinah Young, 283-4057.